Nordic Civil Security Cooperation

A seminar at the Nordic House, 1700-1930, 12 June 2013

For Iceland and for all Nordic countries, security challenges have changed a lot since the Cold War. Military risks no longer dominate, but we are more aware of other things that can threaten our lands and societies: accidents and major natural disasters, pandemic diseases, the collapse of supplies and services we rely on, or the longer-term effects of climate change. Economic and financial weaknesses also affect social welfare, while human violence in other forms like terrorism, armed robbery and cyber-attack cannot be ruled out. The opening up of the Arctic as the ice recedes may bring new opportunities, but will also increase some existing risks and introduce new ones.

On 13-14 June the directors of the five Nordic agencies responsible for civil security and emergency response are meeting in Reykjavik. The Iceland Construction Authority, in cooperation with the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and the Nexus research network for security and defence, is holding an open seminar on 12 June in relation to this meeting. This public seminar – a first of its kind – is designed to let the directors share their ideas, experiences and concerns with a wider audience. Since security in a democratic state is a matter for all the citizens, audience debate will be an important part of the programme.